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Blind faith: Metro singers fight adversity

Day after day, thousands of Montrealers scurry in and out of metro trains rushing to their destinations without so much as glancing at their surroundings. Yet amidst the organized chaos underground, there’s one family that can stop the most frenzied commuter dead in their tracks.

To simply look at them, a mother, a daughter, and her father standing no taller than five feet, there is nothing exceptional about the unadorned performers. To get a little closer you may start to notice some peculiar movements, twitching of the hands and a head that is constantly bobbing. Then, all of the sudden when the little man steps forward, opens his mouth, and begins to sing—you are stunned.

Denis Harting’s voice booms through the tunnel nearly overpowering the roaring trains as they approach. With a pitch comparable to R&B divas and the passion of a jazz musician, what you hear definitely does not match what you see.

It doesn’t stop there.

When the acapella rendition of Blue Eyes has hit its crescendo and Denis quietly steps back into line, his daughter Lauviah, at just 16 years old, raises her hand, tilts her head back and transforms the platform into her stage.

Listening to her sing Alegria, people not only stop and stare, they for that brief moment forget where they are and what they were waiting for. It is not uncommon for two or three trains to pass by as people seemingly are no longer interested in getting on. Instead, they become absolutely enamored with the performances before them.

It doesn’t stop there.

Peggy Roux, mother and manager who accompanies the two singers, kneels down to retrieve the change passengers have left. She does so by feeling around the container, cautiously picking up the coins and counting them with her fingers. After standing back up again, she reaches her arms out to feel the wall where she was standing.

Peggy, Denis, and Lauviah are all blind.

The family has had a turbulent and eventful life. The fact that all three are blind and manage to do what they love with aspirations to make it big is inspirational to say the least.

The following podcast with Denis and Peggy gives some insight into the life of these remarkable people.

Podcast interview with Denis Harting and Peggy Roux by HarpreetGrewal

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One Response to “Blind faith: Metro singers fight adversity”

  1. John Stocks says:

    It’s funny because they’re blind.